Take a Stake in the Lakes Cleanup Dives, 2019

Every year Four Lakes Scuba Club hosts cleanup dives at Lake Kegonsa, Lake Waubesa, Lake Monona, and Lake Mendota.

Theses dives are the club’s way of participating in “Take a Stake in Our Waters,” which is a year-round cleanup project created by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.

We will be meeting at the listed location at the indicated time. All dives are shore dives, with the addition of the barge for our May 18th and June 2nd dives. Don’t forget to bring a dive flag and certification cards to all dives.

For our May 11, 12, 18, 19 dives: divers typically plan to go to a nearby restaurant for lunch afterwards, so feel free to join at your own leisure.

Below are all five cleanup dives for 2019:

  • May 11th: Lake Kegonsa. Dive Site: Pleasant Springs Boat Launch: 2267 Williams Point Dr, Stoughton, WI 53589. We will meet at 9am, to be in the water by 9:45am. There is limited parking at this location, so carpooling is highly recommended. Normally there are parking fees at this location, however the city will be waiving the fees for us to do our dive. We will provide more information about parking when you check in that morning.
  • May 12th: Lake Monona. Dive Site: Yahara Place Park. We will meet at 9am, to be in the water by 9:45am. This location has off street parking. We will meet in the park where Riverside Dr. and Yahara Place intersect. You may want to drop off your gear first and then find a place to park your vehicle. This dive site is at the mouth of the Yahara River so current is to be expected. Be aware that there is high boat traffic at this location, so dive with caution. With all the flooding last year, we anticipate that there will be a large amount of trash in this location.
  • May 18th: Lake Monona. Dive site: Olin Park Boat Launch/John Nolen Drive Causeway. We will meet at the Olin Park Boat Launch at 9am, to be on the barge by 9:45am. There is a large parking lot a ways from shore, so you may want to drop off your gear first and then find a place to park your vehicle. We will be taking the barge from the park over to the causeway. So don’t be late, or you’ll miss the barge. This area is susceptible to large amounts of trash, due to its close vicinity to the busy road. People fish from the shore in this area so be cautious of fishing line. (Dive from the barge at the causeway is weather dependent, if the water is too rough we may have to dive at a different location nearby)
  • May 19th: Lake Waubesa. Dive site: McConnell St. Boat Launch. We will meet at 9am, to be in the water by 9:45am. There can be limited parking at this location, so carpooling is highly recommended. There is about a 50 yard flat surface walk from the parking lot to the boat launch.
  • June 2nd: Club Cookout and Dive! Lake Mendota. We will be meeting at the Mendota County Park: 5133 Co Hwy M, Middleton, WI 53562 at 10am to be in the water at 11am. We will have a cleanup dive followed by a potluck lunch (~1pm). We will be bringing the main coarse (burgers and brats) and water, but we ask that everyone else please bring a dish to pass, and BYOB.

Special Gear Rental Offers:

  • Breezeway Bubbles Scuba: is offering Half price gear rentals and Free air fills and/or tank rental to all divers that participate in any of the six cleanup dives! Contact the shop in advance for Gear rental!
  • Diversions Scuba: is offering $25 Gear rentals and Free air fills to all divers that participate in any of the five dives! Contact the shop in advance for gear rental!
  • Hoofer Scuba Club Members: Hoofer Members will be offered Gear Rentals for Free! Rental Supply is limited. Sign up for gear in advance.

April and May, 2019

At the April Four Lakes Scuba Club meeting, 4LSC’s own
Lisa Vorburger shared the some amazing photos of the critters of Lembeh, Indonesia.

In May, Tori Galloway, a graduate student at Indiana University, presented on the shipwrecks of the Dominican Republic, and IU’s effort to preserve and document them as part of the Living Museums of the Sea program. Tori is in Madison for the summer working as a Maritime Archaeology Fellow with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Check out information with this month’s newsletter.

May was dues month. If you missed the meeting or forgot to fill out a form and pay, please remember to do so next month.

March 2019 Speakers on Castle Rock Cave

Join us on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:30pm at Babe’s for Andy Bachhuber, Bob Dankert, Brad Acker, and Gayle Orner’s presentation on the unique Castle Rock Cave. Home of the infamous Cheesegrater restriction, this cave in southwest Wisconsin requires no-mount equipment configuration and determination because of its low clearance and tight spaces. They’ll share their videos and photos of their personal attempts to progressively push farther back into the cave than they’ve been before.

If you’re claustrophobic or prefer wide open spaces, this won’t exactly be your cup of tea. But hopefully you find that it’s at least an…interesting…scuba experience.

Also be sure to check out this month’s newsletter here. If you have articles are scuba happenings, please email it for the newsletter!

February Speaker

Join us Wednesday, February 13 for Jim Troupis’s talk about his recent trip to Australia and Papua New Guinea. He spent several days diving the Great Barrier Reef, then experienced some exciting land adventures in New Guinea, including the Goroka Sing-Sing Festival, which few westerners get to see in person.

Read this month’s newsletter here.

Snow is in the forecast for Wednesday evening, so be sure to drive safely!

January Speaker: Bill Hoernke

Join us this Wednesday, January 9th at Babe’s for our own Bill Hoernke speaking about his experiences completing the PADI Instructor Development Course in Bonaire.

In addition, club elections will be held at the meeting. We’re looking for officers to help the club thrive.

And if you’ve recently been on a dive trip or know of an interesting diving-related topic, we are looking for speakers for some of the 2019 meetings. Let one of the officers know you’re interested!

And as always, here’s our month’s newsletter.

July Meeting at Tenney Park Locks

The next Four Lakes Scuba meeting will be a field trip to the Tenney Park Locks, where the Dane County Sheriff’s Office will give us a tour and explain how the locks work.

Please also note that we are meeting at 6:30pm, earlier than normal. Parking is available on Thornton Ave. across Sherman Ave.

We’ll have a social get-together at a local dining establishment afterwards.

February 2018 Meeting

Join us Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14 for this month’s presentation by our very own Team Jellen (John Fafinski and Ellen Evans). They’ll be sharing their past adventures.

If you’re planning to donate gear to Diveheart, bring it to the social on Wednesday. We’re also in need of large cardboard boxes so Tami can haul the gear, so bring those to the meeting as well.

Finally, be sure to check out this month’s newsletter.

January 2018 Meeting: John Janzen

Join us Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30pm at Babe’s for the monthly meeting. Speaking this month is John Janzen’s recent dive as part of the first team of divers to see the Senator, 430 feet below Lake Michigan.

Also take a look at this month’s newsletter. Highlights include a continuation John and Ellen’s recent Indonesi dive trip report; an upcoming Cozumel trip; and a recap of a talk of diving the flooded Baraboo iron range mines by Tamara Thomsen and Mark Langenfeld.

November 2017 Speaker: Leah Potts

Join us at Babe’s this Wednesday at 7:30pm for a presentation by Leah Potts, who will share her diving experiences as part of the Rolex scholarship. Each year, only three people around the world are selected. The scholars have the opportunity to work with industry dive leaders, receive specialized dive training, and go to some amazing places.

Learn more in this month’s newsletter.